Naperville Area Humane Society's volunteer program is open to anyone 10 years or older with a willingness to work on behalf of cats and dogs. Kids 10 to 15 years old are welcome to volunteer as long as they have an adult sponsor (someone over 18 years of age) to volunteer with them.
We ask that you commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month for one year. The animals depend on you!
To help underwrite the volunteer program and materials, there is a $25 program fee for the first year and a $10 renewal fee every year thereafter. When you are accepted into the program you will be asked to turn in your volunteer application along with the $25 volunteer program fee.
Once a volunteer is accepted into the program, we will provide a formal volunteer application. When we have received your application along with the fee, we will pull together your training materials, name tag and volunteer t-shirt. You will then be asked to complete a General Policy Evaluation and pick the volunteer positions you are interested in. You will attend training for your desired position and we will set your volunteer schedule. We ask that you commit a minimum of 4 hours a month for one year and that you schedule all your volunteer hours ahead of time. Most volunteer positions do require a set weekly schedule.
Naperville Area Humane Society has a large variety of volunteer opportunities available. With so many choices, it should be easy to find the perfect one for you!
Cat or Dog Feeding and Cleaning: The nicest thing you can do for a shelter animal is provide a clean, comfortable living environment. This is a morning position starting at 8:00am. This position requires a set weekly schedule.
Cat or Dog Socializing and Enrichment: Help the shelter pets become more adoptable by reducing their stress, teaching them manners and making them happy. You will learn effective dog training techniques if you choose a dog-related volunteer position. These positions require a set weekly schedule.
Adoption Greeter: Bring pets and people together by assisting with adoptions. Through training, you will learn how to assist potential adopters with the adoption process. This position requires a set weekly schedule.
Foster Home: Open your home to dogs, cats, pregnant pets, puppies or kittens that are not yet ready for adoption. You will need to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture through NAHS.
Pet Therapy: Visit area senior centers with your own dog or a NAHS shelter dog. Your dog just needs to be well behaved and current on vaccinations.
Outreach & Retail Events: Spread the word. Build awareness of NAHS by representing us at various outreach events and retail stores throughout the community.
Fundraising Committee: Help plan and execute NAHS sponsored fundraising events.
Office Assistant: Be a jack of all trades. Greet vistors, answer the telephone, data entry and other clerical tasks. This position does require a set weekly or biweekly schedule.
Humane Education: Teach youngsters about the responsibility of caring for animals and the love they get in return by helping with the NAHS’ summer camp, after school program, shelter tours and classroom presentations. Assistance is also need with marketing programs and developing school contacts.
Paws for Tales: Visit a local school with your CGC or Delta certified dog giving children a chance to read a book to non-judgmental, supportive listener (your dog)!
How to Get Started
We have changed our start-up/orientation process for new volunteers. We will now be accepting new volunteers based on what shifts are available. We will no longer be holding large volunteer orientations. If one of our open postions/shifts works in your schedule then the first step is to complete our new online volunteer application.
We currently have the following open positions:
- Dog Socializing - At this time all the dog socializing shifts are full. We are not currently accepting new volunteers for dog socializing.
- Cat Socializing - available shifts are: Mondays between 12PM and 3PM, Wednesdays between 1PM and 5PM, Thursdays between 11AM and 5PM, Fridays between 11AM and 3PM. Currently our Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday shifts are full. Shifts are between one to two hours long weekly. You must commit to a shift before being accepting into the volunteer program.
- Morning cleaning for the dogs or the cats - 8:00AM to 10:00AM with weekly commitment. Saturdays and Sundays are currently full for this position. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings are available.
- Pet Thearpy
- Paws for Tales - 8:00AM to 3:00PM during the school year
- Foster Program - fosters needed for adult dogs, adult cats, puppies and kittens
- Fundraising Committee
If one or more of those positions work for you, please Click here to begin.
The process is to submit the online application, the volunteer program manager will review the information and contact you via email. After you have been accepted into the program, a full volunteer application and handbook will be emailed to you. We will get you started and into training after we receive your completed application and $25 fee.
If you have any questions, please contact Becky Wyatt, volunteer program manager, at (630) 420-8989 x113 or via email.